A few weeks ago I built a new system and finally got to install LINUX Mint KDE CE daryna on it. The only problem I had was my new high-end audio card wasn't working. The disc that comes with bgears b-Enspirer "Oxygen" CMI 8788 says it contains LINUX drivers. Well, I found out they are useless. So, then I started looking into getting the driver from ALSA specifically for this card, and the 'read me' and 'install' how-to were not specific enough for this newbie, and I ended up installing many packages and many dependencies with many config error outputs, to manually install the driver. After several days I gave up.
I then found an alternative at the ubuntu forum, written for the gnome desktop on how to install OSS (Open Sound System):
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php? ... b&t=780961
and it was much easier to do, the instructions are simple, and I now have wonderful sound in Amarok and Kaffeine.
OSS has a forum, too:
to read up about OSS, I found this interesting:
No sound system is perfect with all applications, especially if you have a card with all types of new features on it, but OSS is working great with this card and I am very pleased.
Now, I just need to implore the fine folks at KDE to start looking more seriuosly at OSS to implement it into their system a bit more easily.